Friday, December 31, 2010

Are you Swap/Trade Friendly?

We at My Texas Friends are ramping up the Promoting fun by starting our first Promo Swap. You will notice a poll on the left sidebar of this page and we hope that everyone will vote yes or no.

My Texas Friend Promo Swap Leader, Corkycrafts, is heading up this opportunity for everyone who participates in the My Texas Friends Forum Thread.

For those of you who have not read her post explaining the Promo Swap and how it works, here it is:

More information about swap/promo -
The promo swap is easy – people send a sample item you wish to help promote your shop. You can send coupons, fliers, for example if you make beads - small bag w/1 bead enclosed w/your business card, lots of ideas to help promote your shop. When I participated the cost was $7.00 for shipping. Everybody paid to 1 person via paypal (best promo than purchasing an Etsy showcase) These items will be put into packets and redistributed to those that contributed. When I participated I had a nice assortment of items that contained that had yarn samples, gift tags, pins, buttons, scrubbies, business card magnets, coupons, when I participated it was great exposure to my shop plus also promoted sales.

If anybody is interested in participating check out the poll.


Wednesday, December 29, 2010

My Texas Friends Wants to Feature You in 2011

Yes My Texas Friends, it's time to start scheduling our Meet and Greet Series again.

Those who have seen them before, every so often we'll feature someone who posts in the My Texas Friends forum threads located in the Etsy Forums. We do not want to leave Anybody out this year.

Here is how it works- We post your Etsy Mini here on the blog along with some information from your Etsy profile and anything else you would like for our readers to know.. like if you are having a sale during the time your feature is running, or if you do custom work, appearing at any craft shows, etc.

This will be a first come first served buffet line. Please either leave a comment here or in our monthly thread or as a third option, contact me via Etsy Conversation  aka "convo" so I can add you to the schedule.

2011 is going to be an outstanding year for My Texas Friends!

Friday, December 24, 2010

Happy Holidays: Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and Other Celebrations!

Wishing everyone the very happiest of whatever you celebrate this time of year! Lots of Love, light, peace and joy to and from My Texas Friends.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Poll is Closed

I would like to thank everyone who voted in our recent poll to decide if our humble group should become an official Etsy Team. The Results are:
8 for yes
0 for no
2 for Not Sure

In January, we'll start gathering the information necessary to make this group an official team.

Here is what we'll need to establish
According to

Any and all help is greatly appreciated. I started the My Texas Friends as a Promo Thread and it has turned into so much more.
Contact me or visit our monthly Promo thread to discuss what you, My Texas Friends, want this group to be.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Should My Texas Friends become an Official Etsy Team?

Look on the left side of this page to answer that question, If you would like to share your thoughts on the matter then leave a comment.

Sunday, November 21, 2010

My Texas Friends Meet and Greet, Part 7

As our readers and the participants of My Texas Friends on the Etsy forums know, this is a blog series showcasing the gifts and talents of one of the most unique threads on the forums. This time we are meeting and greeting OutNumberedNovelties:

OutNumberedNovelties' Shop Announcement

You will see a variety Hair Sticks, Slides, Barrettes, Clips, Kitchen Utensils, Boxes, Earrings, Pendants, Cutting Boards and more from many types of wood. All are hand shaped with care to show off the natural beauty of the wood. 

Hello and Welcome to Out Numbered Novelties.

To take a piece of wood and create something beautiful has become our passion. 

We are adding new items all the time. If there is something that you see but maybe want a different type of wood, please send us a message and we would be happy to create something special just for you.

We hope you enjoy looking at our items as much as we enjoyed making them.

Follow us on twitter.

****Member of Bringing Unselfishness Your Way Team search for ibuy to view our items.****


Every time I (Rich) made something for a birthday, wedding, holiday or anniversary gift, I was asked why don’t you do this as a business. After searching different venues, I ran across I liked that this website was catered to handmade items. So, this is where I decided to start.

I (Rich) have been woodworking as a hobby for around 15 years now. I am married, have 4 daughters, 1 grand-daughter and 1 grand-son. The other half is a good friend of mine (Kenny) and now apprentice, his girlfriend has her 4 daughters. This is how we came up with our name (Out Numbered Novelties).

At present we do not have a workshop to work in (someday hope to remedy that), so all of our tools have to be taken outside and when finished brought back in. 

You will see both works from Kenny and myself, as w...
  • Male
  • Joined August 11, 2009

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Sunday, November 14, 2010

My Texas Friends, Meet and Greet, Part 6

This episode of My Texas Friends Meet and Greet, introduces us to a newcomer to My Texas Friends. theyellowroses.

theyellowroses' Shop Announcement

Handbags , clutches, & wallets, handmade with love & great care! ***WELCOME***
Thanks for stopping by our shop! Please come in & look around! Be sure to check out our new clutch design. If you don't see just what you want, convo us! Thanks for looking & please come back! 

The Yellow Roses


Thanks for stopping by our shop! I love Etsy! Imagine being able to market your items to people around the world! And such a friendly atmosphere!

I have always loved to make things! You can be sure that everything in this shop is handmade with quality materiel and careful workmanship. I enjoy using recycled materiel for my bags. Finding the fabric & creating a design for it is a challenge, but I love the process.

I also like using recycled materiels in my mosaics. I like to use shells & sea glass that I have collected from the fabulous Texas Gulf Coast. I also like to use broken dishes.

My partner in The Yellow Roses is my daughter. She is a single mother of three. She has always helped design the bags. But now that her 2 boys are in school and only the little princess is at home, she will h...
  • Female
  • Born on January 3
  • Joined January 02, 2008

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Sunday, October 31, 2010

My Texas Friends Meet and Greet, Part 5

This is such a fun series. If you have been keeping up with the blog then you know that My Texas Friends is a very active thread in the Promotions Section of the Etsy forums.
Each month we start a new thread and meet new friends. "If you are a Texan... Want to be one...or wish you were one; then you've come to the right place. 3 Cheers for the Lone Star State!

Join us for a month of great fun and lots of great promotions.

This thread is as wide as the State of Texas itself to anyone who is currently living in Texas, has ever lived in Texas, has ever visited Texas or likes Texas.

Promote Friendly, The Texas Way."

So without further ado, let's meet and greet our new friend, austinleighdesigns
Shop Announcement
Labradorite, coral, agate, quartz , jasper, carnelian, prehnite turquoise, copper,silver and gold vermeil necklaces, bracelets and earrings for women for everyday style to formal evening wear. I make customized jewelry, so if you like a particular style and don't see the color of stone that you want, let's talk. I consider each stone for its beauty and what it brings to the owner. I love seeing a design emerge from the stones that I hold in my hand. 
All of my handwired or hand strung jewelry is handcrafted from the finest quality materials and made to last. Most of my materials consist of genuine Swarovski Crystals™, precious and semi-precious stones with sterling silver (92.5% pure silver), fine silver (99.9% pure silver), 24k gold vermeil (24k gold over sterling silver) and goldfill findings.Each piece of jewelry is unique and one of a kind. I use sterling silver unless noted in the item description that it is silver plated. 

I add something new every day so bookmark my shop or follow me on my facebook fan page!/pages/Austin-Leigh-Designs/301503512097

Please contact me if you have any questions.

Etsy Profile Bio:

I have been an artist all my life. Over the years I have dabbled in numerous mediums. Currently my love is semi precious stones and minerals of the earth. When I travel I always manage to find beautiful stones to remind me of where I have been. Many of these stones are featured in my designs.

My shop is named after my two daughters who also share my love for fine jewelry.
Please enter my shop here for other selections
Female, Born on November 12

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Sunday, October 17, 2010

My Texas Friends Meet & Greet! Part 4

This round of My Texas Friends Meet & Greet! ... features My Texas Friends founder berrybluecreations. Check out her Etsy Bio


Hello World!

Welcome to my little corner of the Etsy experience. I do hope you will shop often and convo me or email me if you have any questions.

Berry Blue Creations was founded in 2004 and moved to Etsy in 2008. Here you will find unique and one of a kind handmade items.

I have been sewing and doing a variety of crafts my whole life. Also, please visit opening soon for fabulous recipes and cooking tips.

Shop Announcement:
All Pincushions are now on Sale!

Sunday, October 3, 2010

My Texas Friends Meet and Greet!

Yes, Friends, It's that time again to meet another one of My Texas Friends. In this episode we meet

bellavioletta's Shop Announcement

I believe in reusing materials from everyday life. Storque article about green teams.

Please visit my other shops. and my jewelry shop My husbands shop


and facebook!/pages/Whitney-TX/Bellavioletta/79148568521

Her Bio on Etsy:


My name is Kimberly DuBois and i live on beautiful Lake Whitney in Texas. I wasn't born here but I now call it home. I was born in Pennsylvania and lived there most of my life. Seven years ago i met a great guy online who lived in Texas. To my amazement, he married me and whisked me off to Texas. In the past seven years we have traveled the lower 48 states. I have seen it all thru the windshield of a Freightliner. 116 degrees in Blyth CA, zero visibility snow storms in Cleveland OH, ice storms in Evanston WY. The Walmart in Rifle CO, I 20 in Atlanta GA, cemeteries of New Orleans LA, and orange groves of Bradenton FL. I have experienced Phoenix, AZ at rush hour, a big roadrunner in Las Cruses NM, the George Washington Bridge in NYC, the beltway of Washington DC. and so much more. I love my country.
Yes I have created art in every state. I have Quilted, knitted, drawn and glued my way down Americas highways.
I am a great believer in recycling items for the sake of art.
I save bits of paper and fabric. i love art. I love the art on Etsy.
Bellavioletta is Italian for beautiful purple. Purple is my favorite color and I am Italian American so that's the special meaning of bellavioletta.

I believe in reusing materials from everyday life. I never toss out a scrap of fabric. The fabric postcards are made from bits of leftovers from sewing projects or upcycled fabrics. I used upcycled chipboard from cereal boxes, pop tarts, mac and cheese, etc..for the doe doe birds. The atc's are made on bases of used playing cards. I save wrapping paper, pretty boxes, unusual drink cans, gift bags, etc... In other words, anything that grasps my attention as potentially artworthy.

(or any of my hand cut embellishments)

*scrapbook layouts
*journal pages
*bookmarkers-(add a ribbon)
*brooches-(add a pin back)
*pendants-(add a bail or punch a hole)
*gift tags-(punch a hole and add a ribbon)
*gift wrapping
and so much more

custom orders are welcome. I am convo friendly.

I add new items every few days so check back often!

* Any thing can be art. *let your imagination fly*

see me at-

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I AM A MEMBER OF TeamEtsyTX the largest team on etsy!!


Female, Born on June 6

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Sunday, September 19, 2010

My Texas Friends Meet and Greet!

Welcome back to  My Texas Friends Meet and Greet!

In this installment we are meeting and Greeting EDCCOLLECTIVE

In the shop's own announcement you will see;
At EDCCollective, you will find eclectic choices ranging from handcrafted and vintage jewelry and accessories to photographic art, note cards, bookmarks and home decor.

If you love flying pigs, check out my other shop .

Thanks for stopping by, enjoy browsing and contact us with any questions you may have. Some of the answers may be in EDC's shop policies and profile, so please see them for more details.

This is what you will see if you browse the profile/bio of this shop


EDCCollective carries an eclectic mix of items. Browse for handcrafted and vintage jewelry and accessories as well as photographic art and home decor.

EDCCollective began as a family of artisans/craft persons/collectors. My mom, our main collector passed away in Nov. of '09. So while the mix of items listed may change some, I will continue to offer quality hand crafted items as well as some vintage collectibles.

EDC's jewelry contains an eclectic range of materials including gemstones, crystal, glass, brass, vintage beads, wood, freshwater pearls, and feathers. A wide range of styles can be found and custom work is encouraged. My pieces contain either new or vintage components chosen for their individual beauty and combined appeal. While the majority of my listed pieces are silver or gold plated, I'd be happy to work with you to create a piece for you using sterling, GF, 14K gold or even leather. Please be sure to check out my unique product, "No-Hole" Gathering Pins.

Photographic art of nature in all its original splendor or digitally altered for a totally new look are also found in my offerings. These images are available, matted, in a variety of sizes for your wall as well as on note cards and bookmarks. Custom work is also available in this area.

Additional home decor items include pieces made from tree parts, otherwise destined for the landfill. These items include vases and candle holders.

EDCCollective is a branch of EclecticDesignChoices (EDC). Find EDC at , on Facebook, , or our photo gallery at If you see something there that you like that is available, we can list it on Etsy for you. If you see something that is no longer available or something from our sold section, , that you like, contact us to see if we can do an Etsy custom listing for you. You can also read about the EDC custom design process, garden tips and more on my blog, .

If you like the phrase, "When pigs fly..", please check out my other shop, , for whimsical flying pig items.

EDC is a proud member of the Eclectic Artisans Team (EART) and the Etsy Texas Crafters Team (ETC).

EART's team shop -- . Search tags with EART TEAM to see all member tagged items or add tags to EART TEAM descriptive of what you are looking for in order to narrow your search.

ETC's team shop -- Search tags with teametsytx plus descriptive tags of what you are looking for to find member's merchandise.

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

My Texas Friends Meet and Greet!

As stated in the initial blog post, My Texas Friends started as a promotions Topic on the Etsy Forums. This forum is open to all current, former and future Texas residents and anyone who is a Texan at heart. Let's get the meet and greet started, with MarasFabric.

Welcome to Maras Fabric! We specialize in precut top quality quilting squares. Our quilt squares come from Red Rooster Fabrics, P&B Textiles, Westminister, RJR, SSI, Blank Quilting, Michael Miller, Fabric Freedom, Springs Global, Fabric Traditions, General Fabrics, etc.

We are conitnually putting up new sets so if you don't see what you like come back and check in with us again later.

We appreciate you taking a peak at our quilt shop.

I hope you will grace this shop with a visit or few, she has wonderful items.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Welcome to the My Texas Friends Blog

My Texas Friends, started on Etsy, in the promotions forums. Many of the participants are members of official teams and many are not. My Texas Friends is not limited to any team affiliations. The only real rules of our group is to promote friendly, The Texas Way and be respectful to all who participate.

As the description under the banner says...
If you are a Texan... Want to be one...or wish you were one; then you've come to the right place. 3 Cheers for the Lone Star State!

This group is as wide as the State of Texas itself to anyone who is currently living in Texas, has ever lived in Texas, has ever visited Texas or likes Texas.

Promote Friendly, The Texas Way.

Join old friends and make new ones.

If you would like to catch up on the forum threads, here they are, but note, that the September thread is the active one. July August September